How to cook gooseberries?
Gooseberry is a very tasty and healthy berry, from which you can make both jam and compote for the winter, as well as jelly, wine and even homemade vinegar. This article describes how to cook gooseberries using various interesting recipes.
How to make gooseberry compote
Gooseberry compote can be prepared both from gooseberry alone and with the addition of other varieties of berries and fruits. In addition, it can be an excellent drink not only for the winter, but also in the hot season. Therefore, in the summer you can make a compote of gooseberry in a small amount without preservation to quench your thirst with a fresh drink. Here is a very simple recipe for gooseberry compote:
- On 1 three-liter jar is taken about 1 kg of berries, 0.5 kg of sugar and 3 sprigs of fresh mint (at your discretion).
- Remove the tails on the gooseberry, wash the berries and put in a colander.
- Sterilize jars, fill with gooseberries.
- Boil 3 liters of water in a saucepan, pour the jars to the top, cover and leave for 10 minutes.
- Drain back to the pot, bring to a boil and repeat the procedure.
- Again, drain the water in a saucepan, add sugar and cook for 5 minutes.
- Put the mint leaves on the berries, pour the cooked syrup hot and close the lids.
- Cover banks with a warm blanket and leave to cool.
After that you can put the compote in the fridge.
How to make wine from gooseberry
The recipe for making gooseberry wine is as follows:
- 1.5 kg gooseberry clean, wash and mash with a spoon.
- From 1 kg of sugar and 1.5 liters of water to make a syrup, pour gooseberries in a glass dish, stir and leave at a temperature of 16-18 degrees.
- The top of the dish should remain free so that the juice does not overflow: the contents should be mixed a couple of times a day with a wooden spoon.
- After a week, separate the juice from the mass using gauze, put the juice in bottles with natural corks.
- In the traffic jam make a hole through which to insert a rubber tube. Its other end is placed in a bottle with water to carbon dioxide released during fermentation.
- After 6 weeks, a precipitate will appear, and the wine will become transparent. It is necessary to pour it into bottles and leave for another 2 months.
This wine should be stored at temperatures up to 12 degrees and no longer than a year.
Read also about the method of cooking gooseberry vinegar in our article How to make homemade vinegar.
How to make gooseberry jam
Gooseberry jam is very popular.To make the jam gentle and homogeneous, you should carefully peel the berries.
- For 1 kg of berries will need 1 cup of water and 1 kg of granulated sugar.
- Gooseberry clean and rinse.
- Boil the berries in a small amount of water over high heat.
- When the gooseberry is soft, grind it in a sieve, put it back into the pan and boil it with sugar.
- When the mixture reaches out and not drip, the jam will be ready.
- After cooling, put the mass in sterilized jars and roll up.
This jam is served with tea and used in baking as a filling.